Pearl River adds perfect fit for title defense

Pearl River adds perfect fit for title defense

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River men's basketball program has bolstered its roster with the addition of forward J'Quan Ewing.

"J'Quan is exactly what we need with this team," said PRCC coach and NJCAA Coach of the Year Chris Oney. "He's long, high energy and a smart basketball player. He's a real team-first type of guy. He'll fit in just fine with the returning guys and the newcomers."

Hailing from Clarksville, Tenn., rated the 6-foot-8 Ewing as a three-star recruit, the 86th-best power forward in the nation and the No. 11 player in the Volunteer State. Prior to transferring to Quality Education Academy in Winston Salem, N.C., ahead of his senior season, Ewing boasted offers from Southern Illinois and Tennessee, in addition to interest for other major programs.

As a junior at Kenwood High in Clarksville, Ewing averaged 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds.

Pearl River is coming off of an unprecedented season — albeit prematurely shortened — 2019-20 campaign. The Wildcats rapidly rose through the rankings during their 28-0 season and in addition to claiming the MACJC championship and a second straight Region XXIII title, PRCC earned the No. 1 seed in the NJCAA Tournament; the seeding was a first for Mississippi JUCO programs. 

Following the halted season, PRCC had two players named All-Americans and ultimately sent six players to four-year programs: Southern Miss, St. John's, New Mexico, Rogers State, Southern and Cal State-Bakersfield. Additionally, Oney was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year.

The Wildcats will host Copiah-Lincoln on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was moved due to Hurricane Zeta.

PRCC will conclude its exhibition season Nov. 15 with a trip to Tallahassee.

PRCC will open its 2020-21 season on Jan. 20 at Northwest. PRCC's first home game will be two days later, Jan. 22, against East Mississippi. The Wildcats' full schedule will be released at a later date.

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